IANSA women at WINAD to champion UNDP Caribbean Human Development Report

09 February 2012

The active work of IANSA women on security and gender issues in Trinidad and Tobago has been recognised by UNDP. UNDP has invited WINAD to be one of its champions for the very first Caribbean Human Development Report themed "Human Development and the Shift to Better Citizen Security" launched on 8 February 2012. Included amongst the report’s recommendations is, “In the short term there is a need to reduce access to illegal firearms and to better manage the access to legal ones.”

At the launch the Keynote address was delivered by the Hon. Kamla Bissessar, Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago who called for national and regional security and development programmes to be guided by the findings of the report. She also called for a unified approach involving government, private sector and civil society.

Opening remarks were made by Helen Clark, Under-Secretary General of the UN and UNDP Administrator who said, "This report stresses the need to rethink our approaches to tackling crime and violence and providing security on the ground. We need to follow approaches that are centred on citizen security and address the causes of this recent increase in violent crime, including social, economic and political exclusion.”

While the report focused on seven countries, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica, St. Lucia, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago, the report findings indeed represent the Caribbean situation.

To read the report go to: http://hdr-caribbean.regionalcentrelac-undp.org/